Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Omkara » Sat May 13, 2017 2:09 pm

So no Yuki in MD?

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Sat May 13, 2017 3:03 pm

No, Yuki has pulled out (probably a precautionary step to ensure he is fit for the FO qualifiers).

I think RamK and Prajnesh have winnable R1 matches, albeit against seeds.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Omkara » Sat May 13, 2017 3:31 pm

Good decision. Hope the others do well

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby sameerph » Sat May 13, 2017 7:28 pm

Yes, Yuki seems to be taking more breaks this year than usual which is sensible considering his injury history. Also,one needs to be fresh and rearing playing grand slam qualies and playing fourth week in a row would have meant Yuki would not have been fresh at all.

Similarly, RamK will actually be playing 6th straight week going into French open qualies which again is not good. Last year he won Spain futures and reached Samarkand challenger in the back to back weeks and the week after that got knocked out in Q1 at FO qualies.

Our players need to plan well to give their best at grand slam qualies.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Sun May 14, 2017 7:57 am

RamK seems a much fitter player, with very few injury breaks. But he is tempting fate by playing 6 consecutive weeks in 3 continents!

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby Rajiv » Sun May 14, 2017 10:02 am

All the 3 Indian players  figure in matches to be played on Monday in Samarkand. Ram and Pragnesh play their MDR1 while Vishnu battles it out with the top seed for a place in MD

Vishnu looks capable of causing an upset indicative from his victories with impressive scoreline in both the qualifying matches he has played so far.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby jaydeep » Sun May 14, 2017 12:21 pm

Here is the draw in detail ... I feel an unnecessary participation of RamK in the doubles.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2017, Uzbekistan (Red clay)

[Q1] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,420) bt (WC) Grigoriy Lomakin (KAZ,1856) 61 62
[Q2] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,420) bt (WC) Sharobiddin Abzalov (UZB,1536) 61 63

[Q3] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,420) vs (1) Danilo Petrovic (SRB,292)

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,217) vs (4) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP,177)
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,269) vs (3) Jason Jung (TPE,167)

Doubles
[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Joris De Loore (BEL)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH)
[R1] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Nikola Milojevic (SRB)/ Michael Mmoh (USA)

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby sameerph » Sun May 14, 2017 4:02 pm

Rajiv wrote:All the 3 Indian players  figure in matches to be played on Monday in Samarkand. Ram and Pragnesh play their MDR1 while Vishnu battles it out with the top seed for a place in MD

Vishnu looks capable of causing an upset indicative from his victories with impressive scoreline in both the qualifying matches he has played so far.


I am not sure. Vishnu did not have a top 300 win in a while and Petrovic has been good of late including a win over RamK in US. I will be surprised if Vishnu pulls off an upset.

It will be great too if at least one of RamK and Prajnesh pull off an upset over a seed.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby sameerph » Mon May 15, 2017 9:09 am

Both Vishnu and Prajnesh have lost their matches. :-(

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2017, Uzbekistan (Red clay)

[Q3] (8) Vishnu Vardhan (IND,420) l. (1) Danilo Petrovic (SRB,292) 46 46

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND,269) l. (3) Jason Jung (TPE,167) 63 67(1) 46

Close fight by Prajnesh but in the end Jung won the critical points that mattered. Prajnesh is still struggling to win matches at challenger level. To his credit he has lost all his matches in recent weeks to much higher ranked or in form players and has put up a fight in most of them. Hopefully, soon he will start winning these kind of matches.

RamK's match is next up on court. Lets see if he can salvage something for us.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby sameerph » Mon May 15, 2017 1:01 pm

RamK too lost in 3 sets.

[R1] Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND,217) l. (4) Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP,177) 63 36 67(2)

I am not sure what is wrong with RamK and tiebreaks. He invariably seems to lose almost all of them and with his big serve it should be the other way around.

Sad that both Prajnesh and RamK lost after winning the first set. With that I think their hope of making it to Wimbledon qualies is also pretty much gone.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby PKBasu » Mon May 15, 2017 11:30 pm

Profoundly disappointing to see RamK lose, although the closeness of the match shows that he is far more competitive at this level than he was a year ago. RamK would do well to space out his tournament play a bit more judiciously. Qualifying into the French Open would be the ideal way to give his career a shot in the arm.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby prasen9 » Tue May 16, 2017 1:41 am

People were complaining about rest. Now they will get some rest.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby jaydeep » Tue May 16, 2017 2:38 pm

RamK-Matsui entered into the quarters after winning their match in the match tie-break ... Next, they r facing local wild card pair, who scored an upset win over 2nd seed ... Vishnu-Prajnesh also joined them as their opponents retired after De Loore neck injury ... Next, they r facing Ukrainian pair, who also scored an upset win over 3rd seed.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2017, Uzbekistan (Red clay)

[R1] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Joris De Loore (BEL)/ Aldin Setkic (BIH) 3-1 retd.
[R1] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) bt Nikola Milojevic (SRB)/ Michael Mmoh (USA) 76(3) 36 10-5

[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs Denys Molchanov (UKR)/ Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
[QF] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs (WC) Farrukh Dustov (UZB)/ Sanjar Fayziev (UZB)

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby sameerph » Wed May 17, 2017 5:01 am

sameerph wrote: With that I think their hope of making it to Wimbledon qualies is also pretty much gone.


Just a correction. Prajnesh is also in the entry list of $50K+H Mestre Challenger in Italy next week. So, he still has a chance if he can go deep next week. RamK will be playing FO qualies next week for which points will only be updated 3 weeks later. So, he has no opportunity to add his points to count for Wimbledon qualies.

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Re: Karshi / Samarkand Challengers May 2017

Postby jaydeep » Wed May 17, 2017 5:31 pm

Prajnesh-Vishnu entered in the semis with two tight sets win against good pair ... Other hand RamK-Toshihide needed the match tie-break for the victory.

At $75K+H Samarkand Challenger 2017, Uzbekistan (Red clay)

[QF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) bt Denys Molchanov (UKR)/ Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 75 76(5)
[QF] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) bt (WC) Farrukh Dustov (UZB)/ Sanjar Fayziev (UZB) 75 46 10-7

[SF] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)/ Vishnu Vardhan (IND) vs (1) Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)/ Andrei Vasilevski (BLR)
[SF] Toshihide Matsui (JPN)/ Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) vs Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)/ Zdenek Kolar (CZE)


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